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I just wanted to gauge the interest the community might have in a developer API to tap into ePHOTOzine. Are there any developers out there who would be interested in working with a developer API?
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For what purpose ? Would there be any restrictions on usage ?
Maybe you could persuade somebody to develop the iPhone app.
I was thinking Android myself.....
Or possibly use it to auto-spam the site .....
(only kidding David)
If we were to create a public API, it would probably initially be read-only. No doubt we would put some usage monitoring to ensure no one is using it to heavy. Eventually we could then create write access calls too.
There will probably be restrictions in place when it comes to user data and photos.
It's just an initial query to see what sort of interest is out there (if any) from developers. Would it be something you would want to work with?
I'm still curious what you think the need is for this ? Are you assuming someone would like to write an EPZ-reader app ? If so, would that person be able to sell the app, or would there be restrictions or license payments ?
Quote: I'm still curious what you think the need is for this ?
That's partially the reason for the topic. To see if there is any interest/need for this. I'm sure you would agree that public APIs have done wonders for many other websites, but there must be an interest and desire from some developers before doing so.
Lets say the restrictions/licences are as open as flickr's api (as an example). Feel free to comment on what YOU think the restrictions/licences should be.
OK, let me rephrase.... if there were a public API, there's a high chance that I would use it to build an Android app. I do not expect such an app would sell for a lot of money, so I would not want to spent time building it, just to find an invoice for £XK from Pete in my inbox
lol, I think as an initial thought, a public API would be provided to encourage development, not as a way to con developers into paying us money. If anything, maybe we could find a way to pay developers for there contribution to revenue generated via apps they create. Again, just talkin, nothing is in stone here.
OK, then yes, I'd be interested. Ian will have to write the iPhone app though.....
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